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Media General Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
59 Reviews

2.5
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Media General President, CEO, and Director Marshall N. Morton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay and benefits, flexible schedules (in 3 reviews)

  • Active TV news industry; Health Insurance Better than Average; Vacation Days; High (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Crying out to upper management for help produced no results (in 3 reviews)

  • Still a newspaper, old school mindset to doing business that has been dead for at least 15 years (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at a station under Media General.

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    Former Employee - Business Department
    Former Employee - Business Department

    Pros

    They usually would let employees leave a little early the day before holidays, pretty good pay, great insurance, and pretty good paid time off.

    Cons

    The biggest con is the management at the station level. Crying out to upper management for help produced no results. Management needs to be firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. The reason many are leaving is due to management. Hello! Why would employees be looking for other jobs! Please, MG, look in the mirror.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok Place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great boss to work for, promoted several times. Was able to work with the growing digital group.

    Cons

    Downsizing, good ole boys (promote those who aren't qualified to find a space for them. Few female leaders. Terrible CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Took too long to realize and make needed changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good the bad and the ugly

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    The pay is ok, and they have air conditioning inside.

    Cons

    In sales you will be surrounded by snakes, more everyone will smile in your face and then bite you in the ass if you let your guard down. Also It is one of the places that when you start and a assistant then you will stay as one. The only way to move around to something new here is to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    okay to work there

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, flexible schedules

    Cons

    not personal, not understanding, not caring

  6.  

    Brief but fun!

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    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    I worked briefly at a Media General station that was piloting hyperlocal social media. At the time, it was a very exciting and dynamic environment. There were a lot of talented and bright people that were very dedicated to this innovative project.

    Cons

    Media General corporate seemed very disconnected from individual properties (stations/papers) and thus seemed out of touch with what was and wasn't working with each one. Very strict IT policies on what can be installed makes it difficult to set up an effective web development enviroment.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too Many Managers who manage nothing but their personal lives

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    Great Place to grow professionally. There are many benefits to working for #1 Newspaper, #1 TV station and #1 Local News Website.

    Cons

    With so many changes in 2011 managers and employees were left wondering if their job would exist in the next week. They recently laid off 165 employees a week before Christmas. If you have a great year and bring in revenue over your annual budget you will pay for it the following year. To save money and even the playing field your percentage paid will be scaled down. You must work twice as hard to make the same as the previous year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim middle management, empower and create incentives that motivate your employees, effectively combat regional competition, and invest in younger employees through management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    company is struggling

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    Current Employee - Producer
    Current Employee - Producer

    Pros

    A good place to get experience

    Cons

    contsant layoffs and furloughs. Not many opportunites for advancement

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Man Overboard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    The job was interesting, varied and informative. My colleagues were the company's best asset. Everyone works hard to meet the common goal of a meaningful daily newspaper.

    Cons

    Sadly, no one is buying newspapers anymore so there is a sense of futility in the newsroom. Waves of layoffs have sunk morale to a level of hopelessness. Management lays off productive, dedicated, long term employees like they were old news. Management doesn't have a clue how to save the newspsper so they lay off workers to boost the bottom line rather than cut the high paid decision-makers. As a result the newspaper suffers because there aren't enough people to produce meaningful content. Management is cold and clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassess your approach to keeping the newspaper a viable product. Rehire some of the seasoned journalists you've laid off and reduce the number of highly paid upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Good people but company is in rough waters

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    The people there are great and the atmosphere is relaxed. They are going through cutbacks. For someone lacking job experience and not looking for top dollar they are a good opportunity to build your resume.

    Cons

    MG is a media company in a bad economy and there have been many cutbacks. In the second half of 2011 they mandated 15 furlough days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've been giving yourself raises while the company is going down the tubes. What does that do for morale? I bet you could find a better CEO for less than half the money. Evaluate the products that Digital Media is turning out.

    Disapproves of CEO

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